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Hot Water (1924)

Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in ... See full summary »

Directors:

Fred C. Newmeyer (as Fred Newmeyer), Sam Taylor

Writers:

Sam Taylor (story and titles), John Grey (story and titles) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Harold Lloyd ... Hubby Harold
Jobyna Ralston ... Wifey
Josephine Crowell ... Wifey's Mother - Mrs. Winnifred Ward Stokes
Charles Stevenson Charles Stevenson ... Wifey's Big Brother - Charley Stokes
Mickey McBan Mickey McBan ... Wifey's Little Brother - Bobby Stokes
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Episodic look at married life and in-law problems. Adventures include a ride on a crowded trolley with a live turkey; a wild spin in a new auto with the in-laws in tow; and a sequence in which Hubby accidently chloroforms his mother-in-law and is convinced that he has killed her. When she begins sleep-walking, he thinks that she has returned to haunt him. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Taglines:

Hubby - a man who was never going to fall for a pair of soft-boiled eyes! (Lobby card).

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

26 October 1924 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Harolds liebe Schwiegermama See more »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to a contemporary news article, the dog appearing in the film was named Jack. He was a deaf, cross-eyed stray that was rescued by a property person while this film was being made. Jack was nicknamed the Ben Turpin of dogdom. See more »

Goofs

When Harold takes off the chloroform bottle from the kid its label has the inscription "Alcohol 2%". Later when he gives a dose to mother the label has no longer the same inscription See more »

Quotes

Title Card: Married life is like dandruff - it falls heavily upon your shoulders - you get a lot of free advice about it - but up to date nothing has been found to cure it.
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Alternate Versions

A long sequence was shot for the film in which Harold attempts to kill the Thanksgiving turkey he has brought home. He talks to it, puts a little blindfold over it's eyes, and places some feed on the chopping block, on a piece of newspaper featuring a photograph of his malevolent mother in law, played by Josephine Crowell. The bird starts eating it, and it appears as though he is pecking at the mother. Harold, seeing this, thows his arms up in the air and exclaims "You're my pal!" The scene was cut after negative preview audiences' reactions to it. See more »

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hooray for Harold Lloyd
19 August 2003 | by didi-5See all my reviews

The jingle which went with TV showings of Lloyd's films in the 1980s still stays with me "a pair of glasses and a smile", and that was the time I first saw 'Hot Water'.

It is a short film where Harold struggles with parcels and a live turkey on public transport, and shows off his new car to the battleaxe mother-in-law. Of course there are high-risk stunts, of course the car gets destroyed, and all the usual stuff, making a short but brilliant silent classic. Jobyna Ralston plays Harold's love interest and we just sit back and laugh as silly things happen to him.

I do like Lloyd and along with Chaplin and Keaton he really is the yardstick by which all film comedians after should be judged. My personal favourite of his is 'Girl Shy' but this hour-long treasure comes close.


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